Legislative

Resources for Members: Legislative Tracking, Coronavirus

Here are some timely resources.

First, with the state legislature underway, the Chamber’s state issues committee – the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance – is analyzing, tracking, and lobbying on bills. Click here for the NCLA 2020 bill tracker.

Second, the coronavirus is a big topic in the news. So far, the reports make it sound more like a bad flu season than anything to be unduly concerned about. The advice we are reading says to take the same personal precautions that you do ...

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Resurfaces (Part 2)

Last week I wrote about the state legislature renewing consideration of a major new mandate on businesses in the form of paid family and medical leave.

Since then, the board of the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) has reviewed the draft and took the position of ‘opposed as now proposed.’

There’s a lot to unpack in the draft bill. While being soft-pedaled initially as only applying to companies with 20 or more employees and providing 8 weeks of leave, the bill would phase...

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Paid Family and Medical Leave Resurfaces

As expected, the issue of paid leave for family and medical reasons is being discussed again this year in the state legislature, though no bill has been introduced.

Last year Senate Bill 19-188 called for the creation of a major state entitlement program. It would have been a state operated insurance program called the Family Medical Leave Insurance Program or FAMLI for short. The law would have required businesses and workers to pay into a state-run fund. As proposed, this would have been re...

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“What We Can’t Do Alone, We Can Do Together”

If you attended the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) Regional Issues Summit this morning at the Embassy Suites in Loveland you might agree the theme for the morning was: Collaboration.

And that would mostly be true. Speaker after speaker talked about how we work well as a business community and region to protect and advance the interests of Northern Colorado. But the tension was palpable between state administrative officials and area health care and energy development officials....

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At the Table or On the Menu

The origin of the saying ‘You’re either at the table or you’re on the menu’ is unknown to me, but it is frequently used when talking about business and its relationship with government.

In a way it’s equal parts sad, cynical, and realistic. It’s sad that sometimes government and non-business community activists see businesspeople as an easy mark to pay for their agendas or assume responsibility for non-business oriented social issues. It’s cynical for people to think that way. B...

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Your Business Voice Matters – Talk to Governor Polis

Government policy decisions matter to your business and the economy. Plan to join the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance as it presents the 2019 Regional Issues Summit on November 19 in Loveland.

Engage and join the conversation about the policy decisions affecting you, your business, our region and our state. Governor Polis is confirmed to speak at the Summit. The Regional Issues Summit will feature additional keynotes and panels of high-level decision makers, experts and business lead...

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Transportation a Winner During State Legislative Session

The recently ended state legislative session was generally not a good one for business. Years of bottled up labor, social and environmental agendas took center stage with an avalanche of new laws, regulations and costs falling on business.

But, in a session with low expectations for transportation funding, we secured $300 million.

It’s important to note that leaders still have not provided a long-term funding source for transportation. But for at least another year, there is some money g...

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Thanks to State Senator Joann Ginal for Help with FAMLI Act

State Senate Bill 19-188, the Family and Medical Leave Insurance program (FAMLI), was defeated for this year. After running into a massive buzz saw of opposition from the business community in Colorado, sponsors did a ‘strike below’ to eliminate the original language of the bill and replaced it with a study on paid family leave.

The FAMLI act would have created a mandatory program to provide a partial wage replacement of up to $1,000 weekly to eligible individuals who take leave from work...

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Crushing Family and Medical Leave Program Pushing through Legislature

As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, a bill is being discussed in a state legislative committee that would add a major new mandate on employers and employees.

Senate Bill 188, known as the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program or FAMLI. SB 188, would create a government-run employee leave program funded with a payroll tax on Colorado employers and employees. While paid leave is a desirable benefit, we do not support mandating an inflexible one-size-fits-all on Colorado employers.

Per...

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And, Tell Me, Who Will Pay for That?

The Colorado General Assembly session opened January 4, and Governor Jared Polis has been sworn in and has delivered his first ‘State of the State’ address.

A few minor partisan jabs have been made by various members of the legislature, but for the most part comity reigns supreme…at the moment.

More interesting than the political conviviality was the astonishing list of expensive programs advocated by the governor and legislative leaders.

Full day kindergarten. Preschool. Paid par...

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